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Columbarium nearby? Give us refund, say Fernvale folks

Flats near Fernvale Link.

Upset about a planned columbarium close to their future flats, some would-be residents of Fernvale Lea have asked the Housing Board for a refund.

This came even after Dr Lam Pin Min, MP for Sengkang West, held a dialogue with residents yesterday. He had assured them there would not be a crematorium or funeral parlour services at the Chinese temple where the columbarium would be housed, The Straits Times reported on its website.

Some residents stood in line to leave their contact details with the HDB after the three-hour dialogue with Dr Lam and representatives from Life Corp, the company developing the temple.

Residents said the HDB should have been more upfront about the temple housing a columbarium.

News of the columbarium, which is expected to be completed by 2016, had surprised many residents when it was reported last week. An online petition to stop the development of the columbarium had collected more than 800 signatures.

Speaking on the sidelines of the dialogue, Dr Lam said the authorities had been upfront. He noted that it was indicated in the Fernvale Lea brochure for the new flats that the temple may include a columbarium allowed under the guidelines of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). "There is really nothing to hide," he added.

Some residents also asked why the Chinese temple is being developed by a private company.

Dr Lam said URA guidelines did not restrict the type of company that can develop a religious institution and he understood from the URA that it had been done before.

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AirAsia QZ8501: S'pore Navy ship finds body, life raft

HAUL: An aircraft life raft was spotted by RSS
Persistence yesterday morning in the Java Sea. It could not yet be confirmed if the life raft was from AirAsia flight QZ8501.
HAUL: An aircraft life raft was spotted by RSS
Persistence yesterday morning in the Java Sea. It could not yet be confirmed if the life raft was from AirAsia flight QZ8501.
ONBOARD: A body was spotted by the RSS Persistence in the Java Sea about two hours before the life raft was spotted.

After spending close to a week at sea, the crew on board the Singapore Navy's RSS Persistence recovered a body yesterday morning. Two hours later, they found an inflated life raft.

It could not be immediately confirmed if the inflated life raft did belong to the ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501.

Aviation experts cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

The life raft could have inflated on its own as the aircraft fell with a huge force, said Britain-based aviation consultant Chris Yates.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 5.

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